Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Katrina's Real Crime Wave

Washington spent billions to help the people hit hard by Hurricane Katrina last year. Thousands of people are still homeless. Want to know where Washington spent your money?

Congressional investigators say more than a hundred laptops and a dozen boats the Homeland Security Department bought for disaster response are missing.

DHS spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on iPods, dog booties, and beer-making equipment. (Guess the bureaucrats had to make their own after "beer-looter-guy" (right) cleaned out the local supply).

Some of the items the
Goverment Accountability Office found government workers spending money on:
  • $2,395 renting rooms at a golf and tennis resort in Georgia to train lawyers -- instead of using the federal training center nearby
  • $1,000 for the beer brewing kit for a US Coast Guard Academy social (making the price of the beer $12 per sixpack)
  • $2,500 for 37 designer rain jackets. These were for use in a firing range -- even though the range closes whenever it rains
The missing computers are worth $170,000. The missing boats, $208,000. (MSNBC)

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